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Vanessa Celeste Deniston

Personal injury Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   23 reviews

About Vanessa

Learn Vanessa’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    40%
    Catastrophic injury, auto accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, common carrier accidents, slip and falls, sexual assault and sexual violence, premises liability, dog bites, and other negligence-related injuries.

  2. Employment and labor
    35%
    Harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblowers and workplace safety complaints.

    11 years

  3. Sexual harassment
    20%

  4. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    5%
    Elder abuse

Vanessa is an experienced Plaintiff's attorney that has litigated employment and personal injury cases against multiple Fortune 500 companies including but not limited to CVS Health, Chevron, Uber Technologies, Lyft, Kaiser, Wyndham Destinations, Walt Disney, Lockheed Martin, AT&T, General Mills, Genworth Financial, Whole Foods, and Sutter Health. Vanessa has obtained multiple six and seven figure resolutions on behalf of her clients. Vanessa utilizes a client-driven approach with each and every representation she takes on. She truly enjoys getting to know her clients, connecting with them on a personal level, and meaningfully involving them in the litigation process, so each client feels comfortable with the representation. She believes justice on behalf of her clients is best obtained through hard work, creative thinking, grit, compassion, and a strong attorney-client relationship.

Licensed for 12 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 09/07/2022
State RI
Status Resigned
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/15/2022
State MA
Status Inactive
Acquired 2010
Updated 09/28/2018

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Vanessa

Dolan Law Firm, PC
1438 Market Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
Dolan Law Firm, PC
1498 Alice Street
Oakland, CA
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Reviews

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Posted by OLGA | October 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT LAWYER
My experience with Vanessa was excellent. She was very informative, positive and companionate, yet strong and willing to fight for my rights. I would definitely recommend DLF to anyone in need of great representation. Thank you again Vanessa for everything you did for me and your willingness to help fight my case.
Posted by Scott | October 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
My case
These are top litigators. Fearless. I myself am an attorney who specializes in plaintiff's litigation. I sought help from the Dolan Law Firm for a case where I was the plaintiff. Chris and Vanessa fought for me at every turn and obtained a great result for my case. They were responsive to my concerns, worked hard on the case, and worked as a team. Day in and day out, Vanessa faced an army of opposing attorneys and took them all on, routinely winning decisions in front of the judge. Chris came in for the kill. He is smart and aggressive. At the beginning of the case, Chris prepares to go to trial, and if the other side remains unreasonable, he salivates for a showdown. I highly recommend Chris, Vanessa, and the Dolan Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I consulted with Vanessa Deniston regarding potential litigation. She came highly referred from a number of different lawyers and she proved that she deserved their praise. She is an excellent listener, reviewed my documents, and provided me with excellent legal advice, as confirmed by other lawyers I talked with. I have a busy and hectic work schedule and was frequently unable to talk during normal business hours, and she was willing to talk to me in the evenings after hours and on weekends. She also followed up with me after our consultation to ensure I had adequate resolution of my legal issues. For those who are fortunate enough to be her client, she will work hard and go above and beyond to resolve your issue.
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Posted by Barbi | January 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Rock Solid
Vanessa Deniston was my lawyer at The Dolan Law Firm. While I have no prior experience working with lawyers or law firms, this experience was both intimidating and rewarding. Vanessa was the consummate professional who led me through a stressful, 2.5-year battle. At all times, she was understanding and compassionate, yet she pushed and supported me to fight, as she worked tirelessly on my behalf. While my case was not likely the firm’s most important or highest profile, Vanessa was attentive, checking in, responsive and most importantly, took time to clearly explain legal jargon and process. She never hurried me off the phone, made it easier for me to discuss difficult topics and somehow, we even shared some good laughter regarding non-case related matter. She was honest and authentic and as a result, our working relationship grew and I feel, had become highly productive. When mediation finally arrived, I met with both Vanessa and Emile Davis, another Dolan Law Firm colleague, in person for the first time (due to pandemic, until this point, all contact had been via phone or Zoom). I was uneasy and unsure about mediation, yet both did their best to make me comfortable and well prepared for the day. Vanessa selected a tough, yet balanced, fair and good-natured mediator and successfully convinced the defense to agree to her selection. This skilled choice in mediators gave me confidence I would be treated fairly, and that my side of the story would be heard. At the end of the day, I was very pleased with the results. Vanessa and Emile believed in me and fought tirelessly for justice on my part. While I do not wish for anyone to go through what I did, if you are in a similar situation, this team and The Dolan Law Firm are the best allies you can choose.
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Posted by Brittney | April 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn’t Find A Better Person
Vanessa is hands down the best of the best. Vanessa and then team went above and beyond to help me. Her responses are extremely timely! She goes out of her way to make sure you understand every aspect of the situation. She’ll fight for you to the best of her power.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Top Notch
Although my case was not accepted and her time is valuable and limited, VANESSA DENISTON went above and beyond to help me. Many thanks.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
The best, caring attorney you could ask for!
Vanessa Deniston and her team are AMAZING! Vanessa went above and beyond to help me as much as possible. And in such an expedient manner. I don’t know what I would have done without her. Forever grateful.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney Ever
Dear Vanessa, Words cannot express my gratitude for your help with my case. I would send you some flowers, but I am broke. If it was not for people like you, normal people would be taken advantage of every day and have no recourse. It is devastating to lose my new career and have my son lose his first career after graduating college. Especially because all we asked for was the harassment and bullying to stop. Your help really means so much to us. Thank you so much! Matthew
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2019
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Client with a positive experience
I experienced pregnancy discrimination in the healthcare setting and Dolan Law Firm helped me get through a difficult time in my life. I was able to have a great outcome and had a positive experience with them even though it was a really hard thing to go through. Vanessa Deniston was my attorney and Evette Padilla was her assistant. I felt like they both really cared for me during this time, it was a long process but I am glad I picked a good attorney/law firm.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I wholeheartedly recommend Vanessa to any employee in distress.
As is in the court room, judge every character based upon the evidence presented. Listen to the verbal testimony and analyze the actions that transpire. Well, thankfully, I didn't have to go as far as the courtroom. Vanessa Deniston with her expertise and sound input helped reinforce tactics for me to conclude my workplace dilemma without needing to proceed with a lawsuit. During all that, she was prompt to accept my followup calls in my time of need and displayed genuine, verbal sympathy to my unfortunate, now fortunate, situation. What is truly admirable is Vanessa's candor. Not in the form of being dry and blunt, but being concerned and realistic for your well-being. If you have become the unlucky candidate of a legitimate workplace issue worthy of the law and are uninformed how to proceed, I wholeheartedly recommend Vanessa to any employee in distress. Vanessa, if you're reading this, THANK YOU for the help!
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Posted by Darcy | March 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Devoted
I am extremely thankful to Vanessa Deniston and would highly recommend her. Working with Vanessa proved her to be strong-willed, confident, and fought passionately while representing me. I had a great rapport with her immediately and knew she was secure, capable, and dedicated to my case as well as myself. Vanessa was very good about her direct communication and keeping me informed about what to expect in the next steps of my case. She aggressively represented me and fought to protect my interests. We had a very positive outcome and I am truly thankful.
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Posted by Jennifer | February 23, 2018
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Jennifer O.
Vanessa is not only a phenomenal attorney but human being. She is very dedicated to her clients and made me feel as if I were her only one as I'm sure is how she makes each and every one of her clients feel. She is very dedicated and passionate about fighting for peoples rights. She represented me in a wrongful termination case and with her hard work and dedication, the outcome for me was very good. She is extremely knowledgeable and never backs down. She treated me as if I were family, you can tell that she does for her clients as she would for her own family member. I will be forever thankful to Vanessa for standing by me.
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Posted by Scott | January 17, 2018
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Scott S.
Vanessa Deniston of Dolan Law is phenomenal! I have never bothered to write a business review (on Yelp or anywhere else), but I'm making an exception here because I'm so grateful for Vanessa's assistance. I wish that I could give more than 5 stars for both her outstanding legal service and her genuine concern about my well-being throughout my case. Vanessa proved to be an incredibly skillful attorney, and she was consistently communicative, knowledgeable, and reliable. More importantly, she sincerely cares about her clients. Thank you, Vanessa!
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2017
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Amazing!
My case was a sexual harassment case. I wasn't too sure if I wanted to hire an attorney and take the case further, but so glad I did. In doing so met Vanessa and she put in so much time and dedication into my case. She showed compassion and became so involved in my case that I knew right away I had made the right choice. My case was an on the job sexual harassment and when I felt like I wasn't being heard or taken seriously i decided to take things further before there were anymore victims. I knew what was going in with my case at all times. My questions were responded to rather quickly. She guided me and helped me through the extremely emotional process by making me feel confident and hopeful that justice would be served. She was very knowledgeable and was very quick at getting any and all evidence and witnesses together. I felt very at ease and very confident with Vanessa having my case in her hands. I'm so glad I got to work with Vanessa and absolutely very happy With the ending results .
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Like Family
Gosh where do I begin. I’ve had to retain an attorney several times over the course of my life and you always want to find one that takes your case with heart and compassion. Let me say this and emphasize, there are good lawyers are out there, but very, very FEW great lawyers. Vanessa is without a doubt one of those attorneys. This is what Vanessa did for me. She took a case involving a hostile work environment that took a huge toll on me emotionally and mentally. Prior to hiring the Armstrong Law Firm, I literally spoke with 6 very reputable law firms. All 6 firms wanted my case, but for my situation, I wanted a law firm that wasn't going to say I had a great case and take a quick settlement. I wanted more than that. Justice for how I had been treated. When I spoke to Kelly at the Armstrong Law Firm, I knew I had the right firm.....absolutely no doubt. Vanessa was put on my case and immediately I felt she had a deep understanding and empathy for what I had been through. This was Vanessa. She would answer all my ridiculous questions and concerns no matter how many or what time of day or night. She would actually answer my emails at midnight. What person, let alone attorney, does that? I truly felt that she was not only invested in my case from an attorney’s standpoint, but she made me feel as if I was family....a little brother so to speak. She was very protective of me, my case and the outcome. Yes, I’m a full grown man and even I needed to feel protected. Vanessa was very intelligent and remembered all aspects of my case. Even the little details I sometimes forgot. To say she was thorough would be an understatement. You can be smart, articulate and detailed when it comes to a case as Vanessa was with mine, but what I realized is that Vanessa was just as invested in the case mentally and emotionally as I was. In my case, I felt I was standing up to a "bully" and Vanessa was going to war FOR me! I'm sorry but you just don't find law firms or attorneys like this often. All I can say is that any client that retains Vanessa is absolutely privileged to have her. I have given one other review in my life for a non-legal matter, mostly because I don't think many deserve it. Vanessa deserves it! I hope this review will help others realize there are actually law firms and attorneys out there that truly care about, not only the case, but the well-being of their client. This is Vanessa. You’re in great hands, I promise! Thank you Vanessa!
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2017
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Great Lawyer
Vanessa is a great lawyer and you will definitely be happy with your outcome. She's young professional and a bulldog when it comes to fighting for you.... Thank you Vanessa!!
Posted by Allison | January 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Intelligent and Compassionate
Vanessa strikes that wonderful balance of professionalism and truly caring about her clients. She is intelligent and compassionate and very easy to work with. I hired her to work on my employment agreement and succession planning documents that I was negotiating with the company I work for (a buy sell agreement, stock option agreement, and succession plan). She was incredibly patient and committed during what became a drawn out process on the company's part and she helped expedite in many ways. Vanessa did a great job reviewing the documents and red-lining to ensure that my needs were being met but, more importantly, she approached them proactively rather than merely being reactive, anticipating a future in which these documents would not just protect me but also serve me.
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2017
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Superb Litigator With Profound Compassion For Her Clients
In 2013, I was wrongfully terminated from my job working for giant corporation after being happily employed for nearly a decade. Sadly, due to my high risk pregnancies and coupled with health complications resulting from my childbearing years, I was pushed out of the company. Devastated and in grave pain, my life change the very day that I meet Ms. Vanessa Deniston. She approached my matter with a full commitment and displayed the energy and passion that I had only hoped to receive. When my body was weak and I was consumed in pain, she helped me with my case with extra care and impeccable competence to help me meet our deadlines. Throughout the process she was prompt in returning my calls or emails, and I knew she has my best interest in mind. Being involved in a lawsuit is no easy task. She literally held my hand throughout the process and encouraged me to remain strong. She spent countless hours listening to the details of my case. Even when I would cry, I could feel her compassion and the love she has for justice. Ms. Deniston is an expert in employment litigation cases ranging from discrimination on the basis of disability, age, race, gender, pregnancy, etc. she is ethical, fair, honest and makes working with her a pleasure. If you need an attorney who takes a personal interest in your matter and not just from a business interest standpoint then you will want nothing less and no one other than Vanessa. I was very fortunate to have met Vanessa who had the ability and the heart to change my life for the better. Whilst, my review may never be enough of a thank you, I hope that my eternal gratitude will suffice.
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Posted by Mary Shea Hagebols | November 1, 2016
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Brilliant Attorney
I had the pleasure to work side-by-side with Vanessa when she was working for my co-counsel Shegerian & Associates, PC in Santa Monica. We worked on 6 highly contentious and internationally publicized sexual assault . Vanessa proved to be a terrific legal talent and bright attorney. Vanessa has excellent good "trial lawyer" instincts which is very rare. She was well liked and respected by the judges and clerks. Not to be missed is her wonderful sense of humor.
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Posted by Lili | October 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and professional
Ms. Deniston was great, she really understood my case and believed in me. She was quick to point out possible problems and work arounds. She worked hard to ensure that everything was filed on time and took the time to product great declarations which helped move my case forward. She stood up for me and I appreciate her time and her work. I would recommend her highly.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Dolan Law Firm, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Senior Litigation Counsel
  • The Armstrong Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Shegerian & Associates
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Virgil L Roth, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Contract Attorney
  • Wilmer Hale
  • 2011 - 2013
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Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • J.D.
  • 2010
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • Age/Disability Discrimination Case
  • Confidential Settlement - $1,350,000
  • Disability Discrimination/Wrongful Termination Case
  • Confidential Settlement - $800,000
  • Sexual Harassment/Joint Employer Case
  • Confidential Settlement - $700,000
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Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • Education Chair of Diversity Committeee
  • 2022 - Present
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA)
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • Membership Chair of Diversity Committee
  • 2021 - 2022
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • 2018 Northern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
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Publications

  • University of Massachusetts Library
  • The Evolution of Abolition: A Comparative Analysis of Capital Punishment in Great Britain and the United States
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Speak out and Speak Loud: Discrimination in the Legal Field
  • Gender Wage Gap
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (9)
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vanessa is an extremely talented and tenacious attorney. Anyone who works with her or is lucky enough to have her as their attorney, will quickly see how incredible and relentless she is at fighting for her clients. She's the best of the best."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Vanessa is a smart and dedicated advocate. She is a tenacious attorney and fights hard for her clients and I am fortunate to work with her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Vanessa is a strong and passionate advocate. I would recommend her to anyone seeking an employment attorney."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. When I have friends or family with employment concerns, I send them to Vanessa. She is thoughtful and thorough. She knows the law and fights hard for her clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Deniston is one of the most talented, diligent, and outright best attorneys I have worked with. If my best friend or family member was looking for an attorney she would be the attorney I would require them to seek counsel from."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Vanessa is a tenacious and caring attorney who seeks justice for employees. I personally worked with her on multiple different matters and she always put the clients' interests first and made them feel at ease as they navigated the legal process. She works hard to achieve the best results for her clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dedicated and highly skilled civil litigator with significant employment and labor law experience."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Vanessa's dedication to her clients and work is unparalleled. Her clients are first and foremost in her mind, as exemplified through her hard work, dedication, and work product. I have had the pleasure of seeing, firsthand, Vanessa's ability to handle a variety of difficult situations in a timely, organized, and efficient manner. Vanessa is a compassionate and trusted advocate, colleague, and mentor. I highly recommend her."
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San Francisco Personal injury Lawyer Vanessa Celeste Deniston
Vanessa Celeste Deniston
Personal injury Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 12 years
Free Consultation